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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - One of the three final candidates vying for the position of President of Youngstown State University, paid a visit to the campus.

Dr. Randy Dunn from Kentucky, met with members of the YSU community in several open forums throughout the day, and then talked one-on-one with 21 WFMJ.

"Clearly I present myself as a candidate who's coming out of the academic part of the enterprise, and that is the heart of what we do," said Dr. Dunn.

About 56 YSU faculty members attended an open forum to hear more from Dr. Randy Dunn.

Dunn is the current President at Murray State University in Kentucky and is hoping to be YSU's next President.

One part of his plan for YSU includes aggressively working to increase enrollment. An issue many colleges and universities are facing.

"Enrollment here is really going to be a question of diversifying our approach. I think we can do something that shows our distinctive elements, and the richness of Youngstown State to become more of a first choice, even within the Cleveland Metropolitan area. I know we have a lot of competition with all of the institutions, but I do think we have a story to tell where we transform students lives. ...And we need to be more aggressive about that within the major population centers here in Ohio. The university has had good success in western Pennsylvania counties, we're going to continue that and push to expand that some," said Dr. Dunn.

Along with enrollment, having a clear vision for the university, and promoting it's mission is also critical according to the YSU Board of Trustees, and Dunn agrees.

"The type of institution that I'm most familiar with, most comfortable with, and have a history in is a strong regional state university - like Youngstown State."

Dunn emphasized another one of his strengths as he met with the university community. Fundraising.

At Murray State Dr. Dunn says he just wrapped up a three-year campaign raising $70-million. Dunn says if chosen to lead YSU, it would be critical to build relationships before beginning any major fundraising efforts.

"The thing I'm particularly proud of is the fact that half the money we raised in that campaign at Murray State went for scholarship endowments. And I think that's very important. It builds that student pipeline, and helps enrollment," said Dr. Dunn.

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